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Texans to sign Browns free agent DE Chase Winovich

Cleveland sees their first free agent signing with another team.

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Houston Texans will sign DE Chase Winovich:

Winovich was acquired by the Browns last season in a trade with the New England Patriots. Cleveland gave up LB Mack Wilson. Winovich was expected to be a nice rotational pass-rusher to complement DE Myles Garrett, but a hamstring injury bother him in camp and early in the season. He ended up playing in 8 games for Cleveland, logging 20 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defended.

With Jim Schwartz being brought in as the Browns’ new defensive coordinator, one of his primary tasks is going to involve re-tooling the defensive line. Therefore, it’s not a surprise to see that the Browns aren’t bringing Winovich back — and also, he gets to re-unite with a coach who had him in New England.